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Zappo Bz floral paper lanterns

Hi everyone! Bet you thought I fell into a hole somewhere. Nah, just job hunting now that I’m done with school. Anyone want to hire me? :) Anyway, I attended the San Francisco International Gift Fair last Saturday, and I ran across these flower-covered paper lanterns at the zappobz booth. I begged to take a picture so you can see them. I still like my floral paper lantern best, but I thought the bright colors were fun too. By the way, my favorite booth at the fair was roost. Love, love, love their stuff.

SunRun holiday lights contest photos

I just wanted to thank SunRun for the opportunity to be a judge this year’s Customer Holiday Lights Contest. Congratulations to the winners! Judging the contest was fun, and I’m happy to promote the use of solar energy anytime.

Darla and Liz, this photo is for you. :) This is one of the boy angel Christmas ornaments that my great grandmother made for the males in the family. Happy Christmas Eve to you all!

Christmas lights

Christmas tree

Don’t you just love Christmas lights? As an apartment dweller, decking the yard with lights isn’t an option, so instead my living room is almost as bright as day in the evening with all the strings of lights. They’re the next best thing to sitting beside a flickering fireplace. Check out all the new growth on my little potted Christmas tree. It’s growing fast! The angel on the top of the tree was tatted by my great grandmother—the same one who made these doilies. She made everyone in the family either a boy or girl angel. My father insisted his angel needed pants, so she created the pattern just for him. Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

In lieu of a project this week, I’m posting some photos I took during one of my walks around the neighborhood. It was an idea inspired by sfgirlbybay. Instead of beautiful, transporting images (I’m not the photographer Victoria is), I shot items that I like. And I found sources to buy a couple of them!

Train station clock outside of a restaurant.

I have a thing for train station clocks. This one is located outside of a restaurant I have yet to try. The pig adds a little whimsy, don’t you think?

Store shelves

I saw this shelf/table/cart on display in a local shop (photographed with permission). Fabulous design.

Ecco 2 wallmount mailbox

I am IN LOVE with this stainless steel mailbox. If I were a homeowner, I would buy one right now. It’s made by Ecco Products, and you can buy it at The Mailbox Works.

More photos after the jump. Read more »

I’ve been graciously nominated for The Lemonade Award three times! I thought it was high time I shared the love too. Many thanks to Stephanie at Confessions of a Compulsive Crafter, Tina at A Few Pretty Things, and Zoe at Conversation Pieces for nominating me. I’m honored to be in such great company!

The Lemonade Award is for bloggers who show great “attitude and gratitude.” Upon receiving The Lemonade Award, you’re supposed to pass it on to 10 fellow bloggers. The choice is difficult because there are so many great blogs out there (which is why I procrastinated passing it along)! Here are my nominees in random order (this is a far cry from an exhaustive list of my favs):

Lemonade stand.

Create Studio
Baca Creative
the long thread
Centsational Girl
Brabourne Farm
the life and times of sticks and bricks
Dollar Store Crafts
Crafty Storage
U create
Making it Lovely

For the winners, here’s what you do:

  1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
  2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude.
  3. Link to your nominees within your post.
  4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.


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